The mission of Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its program, Save the Sound, is to protect and improve the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. We use legal and scientific expertise and bring people together to achieve results that benefit our environment for current and future generations.
Every year more than 2 billion gallons of raw sewage are dumped into Long Island Sound and its tributaries, closing beaches and shellfish beds. In addition, much of Long Island Sound is plagued by a low-oxygen dead zone caused by excess nitrogen that threatens the health of fish and other wildlife. Our State of the Sound report released in early 2012 concluded that the western Sound is particularly vulnerable to hypoxia, a condition in which low levels of dissolved oxygen make parts of the Sound uninhabitable for marine life.
Connecticut law mandates that our state’s energy needs must be met first by reducing energy demand through efficiency whenever doing so is cost-effective, rather than by increasing the supply of energy. Improving efficiency makes sense. Buildings that are well-insulated and weatherproofed are warmer in winter and cooler in the summer. Saving energy also means that power plants generate far less of air pollutants like nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide, thereby protecting public health and improving quality of life.
· 150 miles of rivers currently blocked by dams are opened;
· Restore or protect 2,000 acres of coastal habitat;
· Support new menhaden and river herring conservation rules;
· Support the listing of river herring and American eel on the endangered species list.
This program seeks to protect Connecticut's critical open space lands, islands and beaches. In 2014, we will be working on urgent campaigns to protect two remarkable areas from looming development: the 1000-acre Preserve, located in Old Saybrook, Essex and Westbrook; and Plum Island, an 843-acre island in eastern Long Island Sound that is a breeding site for threatened birds and home to the largest seal haul-out in southern New England. We will also continue to organize 40+ beach cleanup events.
Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a proven economic growth and environmental protection strategy that combines housing, employment, amenities, and recreational opportunities within close proximity to our transit stations and away from green fields. It adds value to the communities that embrace it, preserving the landscape and improving quality of life. The goal of this program is to ensure that Connecticut's primary growth is directed toward livable, walkable, bike-friendly and transit-centered communities. Without a well coordinated, collaborative transit-oriented development (TOD) effort, Connecticut stands to lose a major opportunity for economic development and the critical environmental gains associated with a reduction in vehicle miles traveled. For example, use of TOD along transit corridors in the Hartford metropolitan area could reduce climate changing pollution as well as smog and soot by 25 percent. In 2014, we will continue working with state agencies, legislators, towns, regional planning associations, developers and others to develop a shared game plan to spur transit oriented development in Connecticut.
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Stewardship of our natural resources is essential if we wish to guarantee that present and future generations enjoy clean water, good air quality and open spaces. When you support organizations that protect the environment you address immediate need today while ensuring a greener tomorrow.
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